The Nature of Fragile Things

The Nature of Fragile Things Review

April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed.

Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly handsome. Sophie quickly develops deep affection for Kat, Martin's silent five-year-old daughter, but Martin's odd behavior leaves her with the uneasy feeling that something about her newfound situation isn't right.

Then one early-spring evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. Sophie discovers hidden ties to two other women. The first, pretty and pregnant, is standing on her doorstep. The second is hundreds of miles away in the American Southwest, grieving the loss of everything she once loved.

The fates of these three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear.

From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven comes a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity.

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  • Angela M

    I don’t usually enjoy books with a lot of suspense or turns in the story and I don’t enjoy when there are so many secrets kept from me. I find it hard to explain it. They just don’t work for me....

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** Wow this was a wonderful book and I really don’t want to let go of these characters! This novel had all of the elements that I look for in a great historical fiction and...

  • MarilynW

    The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (Author), Alana Kerr Collins (Narrator), Jason Culp (Narrator)It's the early 1900s and Sophie is a young Irish immigrant, running from a hurtful and poss...

  • Holly  B

    Mysterious, riveting and hard to put down! A mail order bride named Sophie, from Ireland, marries a man she knows nothing about in 1906. She answers his ad and they settle into the home he has pur...

  • Berit???

    ALL. THE. STARS. Susan Meissner completely swept me up with her exceptional storytelling, transporting me to San Francisco 1906 and into the lives of these characters. Sophie is an Irish immigrant who...

  • Dem

    A terrific story set in in 1906 San Francisco, engaging characters and a plot that is intriguing and keeps the reader guessing right to the end. A lovely, easy to read historical fiction story. This ...

  • megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars**When Sophie Whalen, an Irish immigrant, comes across an ad in a NYC-newspaper of a rich widower in search of a new wife, and mother for his young daughter, she doesn't think twice about i...

  • Ink_Drinker

    Susan Meissner is a masterful story teller that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end!! She creates beautiful characters and lets them tell their story!! We begin with Sofie Whalen, an Irish immig...

  • Libby

    3.5 stars rounded up “When people are thrown into an abyss and together find their way out of it, they are not the same people. They are bound to one another ever after, linked together at the core ...

  • MicheleReader

    Sophie, a young Irish immigrant, is heading to San Francisco. She has answered a mail-order bride advertisement from a widowed man seeking a wife and a mother for his young child. It is a chance to es...